COMMERCIAL: Two bidders - Carillion and Horizon - have submitted detailed proposals for the private finance initiative rebuild of Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

In a statement, the trust said: “Both bidders have set out their designs for the whole hospital, covering every department. Their proposals also include everything from how they would build the new hospital without disrupting the smooth operation of the existing Royal, to plans for supporting local jobs and regeneration, as well as how they would maintain it in top quality condition for the next 30 years.”

The preferred bidder is due to be announced following approval of the business case later this year.

“Once the new hospital is fully open, the current Royal will be demolished, enabling the full development of the Liverpool BioCampus,” the statement continued. “We have now submitted a planning application for the first phase of this, the £26 million Liverpool BioInnovation Centre. This should open by 2014, and will provide space and support for new life science companies to grow, maximising the benefits of biomedical research and bringing innovation and jobs to the city.”

The winning design and company will be announced in Autumn 2012.  Subject to NHS and Department of Health approval and planning permission, the contract for the new hospital will be signed and work will start on site in Autumn 2013.